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About 36,000 runners have waited a full year for this day.

Now it’s time to finally run the 118th Boston Marathon.

This race will have a special significance because of the terrorist attacks in 2013.

More than 5,000 runners were stranded on the course last year, so the B.A.A. expanded this year’s field to include them, making this the second-largest field in the race’s history, trailing only the 100th anniversary 1996 Boston Marathon.

Despite that, Gov. Deval Patrick said Sunday the marathon will be “very safe.”

For the first time ever, psychologists will be stationed along the route this year to talk with people who may feel emotionally overwhelmed.

The marathon continues to be a huge money-maker for the region. According to the B.A.A., it is expected to generate $142 million for the local economy.

Runners representing 30 official charities are expected to raise more than a total of $12 million.


But before they hit the course, the elite field will take off first from Hopkinton.

And once again the question will be – can an American finally win after a decades-long drought?

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